Broadband connectivity with speeds of up to 1000 Megabits per second Mbps (known as a Gigabit) has been made available to another 430 homes and businesses in Selby and Ainsty. Everybody with a home or business where the new service is now available is being notified by letter.
This is a major leap forward in technology, delivering the ultimate broadband performance. With many more people working from home superfast broadband has never been so important.
The 430 homes and businesses are spread across Selby and Ainsty in villages where connections via old technology have some of the slowest speeds, some as low as 1Mbps.
The network upgrades have been completed in Phase 3 of the Superfast North Yorkshire Project which has already made high quality broadband available to more than 180,000 homes across North Yorkshire. The new connections are via the very latest full fibre technology, known as NGA – New Generation Access. Further details of the Superfast North Yorkshire project can be found on their website superfastnorthyorkshire.com
In total 15 village communities will benefit from this upgrade, either as an upgrade to the whole village, for example in Catterton, Thorpe Underwood, Smaws Hamlet and Lumby or as an upgrade to part of a larger village like Kirk Hammerton, Eggborough or Barlby. Other upgrades serve properties outside villages such as Bolton Percy, Steeton, Escrick and Thorpe Willoughby.
The broadband upgrade started in 2013 and is a continuous process as new technology is made available. When the project started speeds were typically 5Mbps or less, now speeds of over 25 Mbps are the norm. Speeds of up to 1000Mbps are truly New Generation Access and I am delighted that the Government is delivering on its promise to make Gigabit broadband much more widely available, especially to our rural communities.